Two Nationals prospects were honored Thursday afternoon, with first baseman Tyler Moore and right-hander Brad Peacock both being named to the Double-A Eastern League’s season-ending All-Star team. Moore, the Nationals minor league Player of the Year in 2010, is hitting .267 with 61 extra-base hits (29 doubles, four triples and 28 home runs). Peacock, now a member of the Triple-A Syracuse starting rotation and primed for a September call-up to the major leagues, was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA and a Futures Game selection before his promotion to Triple-A.
Nationals fans could get a glimpse at Peacock for themselves in a week when he is most likely added to the team’s 40-man roster and called up to the big leagues.
Here’s a little more about the Nationals two honorees from the Eastern League’s release:
First Base: Tyler Moore, Harrisburg Senators (.267, 28 HR, 81 RBI, 65 R)
Tyler Moore has proven that his 2010 campaign in which he hit 31 home runs and drove in 111 runs and was the Carolina League MVP as a member of the Potomac Nationals was no fluke with his performance with the Harrisburg Senators this season. Moore is batting .267 (129-for-484) with 29 doubles, four triples, 28 home runs, 81 RBI and 65 runs scored in 126 games in his Double-A debut with Harrisburg this season. The 24-year old slugger currently leads the league in home runs (28), RBI (81), total bases (250) and extra-base hits (61) and is ranked fifth in the league in slugging percentage (.517) and tied for tenth in hits (129). Tyler was the starting first baseman for the Western Division at the 2011 Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star Game, was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of May 23rd-29th and was also selected by Baseball America as the “Best Power Prospect” in the Eastern League this season.
Right-Handed Starter: Brad Peacock, Harrisburg Senators (10-2, 2.01 ERA)
After making his final seven starts of the 2010 season with the Harrisburg Senators, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock returned to Harrisburg for the start of the 2011 season. The 23-year old put together a record of 10-2 with 129 strikeouts and a 2.01 ERA in 16 appearances with the Senators this season before receiving a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse. Brad was leading the league in strikeouts (129), WHIP (0.86) and batting average against (.179) at the time of his promotion. He was also tied for the league lead in wins (10) and ranked second in ERA (2.01). Peacock won the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week Award for the periods of April 18th-24th and May 9th-15th, was selected to the Western Division Roster for the 2011 Northeast Delta Dental Eastern League All-Star Game and threw a scoreless inning for the US Team at the Futures Game in Arizona. He was also ranked by Baseball America as the “Best Pitching Prospect” and as having the “Best Control” in the Eastern League this season.